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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Bag made of vegetable fibre, using a coiled technique. Handle is made of a knotted string technique attached at each side of the top of the bag.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1889)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 centimetres
    • Width: 43 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Label attached to bag, probably in Davis' hand, reads: "Basket. Made by the Aborigines of South Australia. Encounter Bay Tribe. Brought by Jane Moorhouse".

    Jane Moorhouse was the wife of Mathew Moorhouse (1813-1876) doctor, and the first permanent Protector of Aborigines in South Australia, who published a vocabulary of the Murrary River Aborigines in 1846. He had many dealings with Aboriginal people of the Lower Murray and Lakes, including those of the 'Encounter Bay Tribe'.

    Another label attached to the bag reads: "+467.0 Dr JB Davis. Tasmania." The attribution of Tasmania is incorrect. The reverse of this label reads "AWF 4 Nov 1889". This label indicates that Franks presented the bag to the British Museum on this date.Jane may have been the daughter of Mathew Moorhouse, Protector of Aborigines in South Australia.


  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.56 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Presented to the British Museum by A.W. Franks Esq. on 4 November 1889.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1889C2.4670 (old CDMS no.)
Bag made of vegetable fibre, cord.

Bag made of vegetable fibre, cord.

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